SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration said it will invest more than $3.7 billion into highway construction in 2020.
The governor released the annual update to the state’s transportation improvement program at a conference yesterday, saying the state will spend over $23 billion by 2025 to fix and expand 4,200 miles (6,760 kilometers) of roadways and 9 million square feet (836,000 square meters) of bridge decks.
Pritzker said the highway improvement program is double its originally predicted size because of last summer’s approval of the governor’s $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” capital construction program. The plan represents a departure from past practice.
Officials said it prioritizes maintaining roads over time. The plan reserves 75 percent of its funds for reconstruction and road preservation.